As we know, some little time ago CreateSpace began replacing "custom" barcodes on the back cover with their own. It doesn't matter if you use a free bookow barcode, or if you buy one for US$25 from Bowker, CreateSpace will replace it. Their barcode will include the five-digit price add-on barcode, but without the actual price encoded in it. Instead, it will have the generic "no set price" code, which is the number 90000.
There is a way to get the price on there, if you want it. Not everybody does, because it means updating the cover if you change the price, but if you do, there is a way. I was emailed recently, by someone who used one of my barcodes:
So, it seems that if you place a bookow barcode, with price, on the back cover, then the CreateSpace replacement will also have the price.It's crazy, but this is what they do. I'll put on your barcode with a price, like 51595 per the usual, and your barcode will also have the "pretty" $15.95 at the top. CreateSpace will remove this barcode completely and regenerate their own with 51595 and the US $15.95 on it. Theirs is ugly as sin. If I don't put any barcode on the cover, just leave the blank box for it, CreateSpace will put on their own barcode that is coded 90000 (i.e., not priced) but there will be a tiny US$15.95 price on it at the top that, I suppose, they pull from the list price we've entered for the book.